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Posted 28.11.13

Bustleholme: Napalm Death and Keith Harrison

Fri 29 November 2013, 8pm

Napalm Death, the legendary grindcore band, will play through a public address system specially made by ceramicist Keith Harrison using clay to test the power of the sound they can produce.

This live performance collaboration will take place on Friday 29 November. Originally planned to feature at the V&A Museum (London) in March, the Bustleholme project has been given a new life amongst the Modernist setting of the De La Warr Pavillion.

The project, which sold out in less than 12 hours, will see the band come together with ceramicist Keith Harrison, to depict and destroy a custom built installation during a one off live performance. 

Bustlehome will be streamed LIVE from 7pm (UK time) and you can watch it here!

For the show, Harrison, a part-time lecturer on Plymouth College of Art's contemporary crafts programme, and resident ceramicist at the V&A, built a wooden sound system with 10 speakers, all filled with liquid clay and allowed to solidify.

As the four-man band starts to play, the raw-energy of the sound produced will reverberate inside the clay, causing it to slowly crack, disintegrate and explode, changing the music as it does.

The speakers are clad with blue and yellow ceramic tiles based on the group of vivid blue and yellow tiled tower blocks on the Bustleholme Mill Estate, West Bromwich where Harrison was born.

Of his decision to collaborate with Napalm Death, Harrison said: "Napalm was my band of choice, they really understood the project. We needed a group with a lot of attitude to show the power of sound and the energy it has to destroy. It's interesting to see how electrical power can change material, like clay. It can warm it up, break it down or completely change its state, which means the gig will be both visually and aurally entertaining.

Mark Greenway, vocalist for Napalm Death, said: "Sound as a weapon - or a weapon of change - is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating.

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